Courses at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) are generally available only to matriculated GSAPP students or alumni and clinical Ph.D. students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies. However, certain courses may be taken by qualified students matriculated in doctoral programs in social work, education, or nonclinical areas of psychology, depending upon their psychology background and permission of instructor.
Professional staff members or psychology interns at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School who meet prerequisite requirements may be able to register for theoretical courses, as defined by the GSAPP Faculty Council. All such individuals must contact the student services coordinator for further information before registering for a GSAPP course.
GSAPP endorses the American Psychological Association (APA) policy regarding training of psychologists who wish to change their specialty:
"Psychologists seeking to change their specialty should take training in a program of the highest quality, and where appropriate, exemplified by the doctoral training programs and internships accredited by the APA.
"With respect to subject matter and professional skills, psychologists taking such training must meet all requirements of doctoral training in the new psychological specialty, being given due credit for relevant coursework or requirements they have previously satisfied.
"It must be stressed, however, that merely taking an internship or acquiring experience in a practicum setting is not, for example, considered adequate preparation for becoming a clinical, counseling, or school psychologist when prior training has not been in the relevant area.
"Upon fulfillment of all formal requirements of such a training program, the students should be awarded a certificate--thus according them due recognition for their additional education and experience."
For the detailed school policy, see the Academic Policies and Procedures chapter.